Archie Clark (basketball)

Archie L. Clark (born July 15, 1941) is a retired American professional basketball player. At 6'2", he played guard for five National Basketball Association (NBA) teams.

Archie Clark
Personal information
Born (1941-07-15) July 15, 1941 (age 79)
Conway, Arkansas
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High schoolEcorse (Ecorse, Michigan)
CollegeMinnesota (1963–1966)
NBA draft1966 / Round: 4 / Pick: 37th overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers
Playing career1966–1976
Number21, 11
Career history
19661968Los Angeles Lakers
19681971Philadelphia 76ers
19711974Baltimore / Capital Bullets
1974–1975Seattle SuperSonics
1975–1976Detroit Pistons
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points11,819 (16.3 ppg)
Rebounds2,427 (3.3 rpg)
Assists3,498 (4.8 apg)
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Born in Conway, Arkansas, Clark grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and joined the United States Army after high school. While playing for an intramural basketball team at Andrews Air Force Base, he was discovered by a scout from University of Minnesota and soon accepted a scholarship to play for John Kundla. After a strong collegiate career, which included an All Big Ten selection as a senior, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the fourth round of the 1966 NBA draft.

In his 10-season (1966–1976) NBA career, Clark played for the Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Baltimore/Capital Bullets, the Seattle SuperSonics, and the Detroit Pistons. In 1968, Clark was part of the trade (together with Darrall Imhoff and Jerry Chambers) that brought Wilt Chamberlain to the Lakers. He averaged 16.3 career points and 4.8 career assists and appeared in two National Basketball Association All-Star Games; he also received All-NBA Second Team honors in 1972. He was dealt from the Bullets to the SuperSonics for Dick Gibbs and a 1975 third-round selection (48th overall–Tom Kropp) on August 19, 1974.[1][2]

Clark was one of the first effective practitioners of the crossover dribble, which inspired his nickname "Shake and Bake."

In 1987, Clark unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Ecorse, Michigan. In 1992, he co-founded the National Basketball Retired Players Association with Dave DeBusschere, Dave Bing, Dave Cowens and Oscar Robertson.


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